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A pictorial device which analyzes forces present on any body with the use of vectors. Allows easier grasping of problems involving either objects at equilibrium or in motion. Can be used to predict presence of forces.

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Conditions for the tension to vary in the rope

What are the conditions for the tension to vary in the rope. I have read below conditions 1. rope has to have some mass 2. rope is accelerating I get the 1st one,...
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Effect of position on a motorbike turning

While searching tips for driving a motorbike on wet roads safely, I heard some pilots saying to lean inside the slope makes the bike less tilted, so it's safer. I agree leaning make the bike less ...
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Centripetal force and friction

Here is the question I need help on: A hemispherical pile of snow with a height of 20 m is piled up. An extreme skier starts at the top of this snowball, and she skies down finding that ...
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Sliding blocks problem

My first post here, so I apologize if this is duplicated elsewhere. It IS a "homework" problem, but it's public domain, a posted exam with answers... http://www.mun.ca/physics/undergraduates/...
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Tension in string and gravitational force on bob relative strength

When calculating time period of simple pendulum (an approximation of SHM at small amplitudes) we take gravitational force greater than tension in string and resolve gravitational force in two ...
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Dependence of tension (considering a pulley system) on the mass of loads

Consider the diagram below All circles are pulleys, which are fixed at the ceiling. M represents an engine (with a certain power) that is pulling the cable. C and D are weights. The acceleration of ...
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Is the net force conventionally shown in a free body diagram?

Is it standard convention to display the net force vector on a free body diagram? Internet searches seem to give mixed results.
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Can two bodies of different mass attached at ends of string passed over a frictionless pulley produce equal tension on both sides?

In my textbook there is given a case that to calculate acceleration and tension produced in string when string is attached at it's ends with two bodies of masses such that $m1>m2$ and the tension ...
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Multi-particle systems with different accelerations

While taking a system of multiple bodies under motion, is it possible to take those bodies in a system which have different accelerations? Say there are 3 particles having acceleration along x,y and z ...
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Why is it exerted a torque from the wheel on the body?

I'm looking at papers about two wheeled balancing robots. But they all seem to have a torque acting from the wheel on the body. As seen in figure 7 bellow. $M_M$ is the torque in question. Even though ...
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Seesaw Physics - Shipping Container House Problem

I'm currently building a house using shipping containers. One of the containers is in a cantilever position, sticking out from the base concrete structure like this: ...
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Problem in constraint equations

In this, if I want the acceleration constraint between $M$ and $2M$, I write $AM+2AB$=LENGTH OF STRING, which on differentiating twice gives $a_{m}=2a_{2m}$(which turns out to be correct). However, if ...
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Why we can omit some forces while applying linear momentum principle

While applying linear momentum principle, namely that if force is zero linear momentum of the system is constant, in textbook they don't count for $N$ force from $M \to m.$ This force have component ...
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Inclined plane, circular motion and the friction

Suppose we have a cylinder on an inclined plane of mass $m$ and radius $R$ moving without sliding (so that $\varepsilon = a/R$). Why is the friction $F$ causing the circular motion sometimes lower ...
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Is there a way to study mechanics without having to rely on free body diagrams?

For example, consider a very simple situation often used as example in teaching: a horse pulling a stone through a rope attaching them. The analysis goes something like this: There is a force ...
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Obtaining point of application of Ground Reaction Force with use of a hyperstatic load-cell array platform

I'm looking for the theory of an experiment that is giving me a hard time to perform. I have an instrument composed of a rigid horizontal square plate rigidly supported under each corner by a load-...
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Free body diagram of stresses governing fracture propagation in a solid material

Reading this, I can intuitively understand that fractures propagate along the path of least resistance, creating "width in a direction that requires the least force". However, it is less intuitive (...
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Free body diagram of pulley

Is there any difference between the free body diagram of fixed pulley and movable pulley? I've read that both of the rope of fixed pulley and movable pulley have the same direction (both upwards or ...
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Help interpreting diagram of compressive forces in bone

I am trying to understand where I should draw my arrows for a free body of the following picture But I've never tried to draw free body diagram to explain these kinds of curvy lines. I think if I ...
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Why does the mass of an object on a frictionless surface matter?

I'm given a physics problem about a climber hanging over a cliff and attached by rope to a rock on level, frictionless ice. The goal is to find the acceleration of the pair. After working out the net ...
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Argument for stability of journal bearing via inertial and viscous forces?

As I understand a journal bearing, a rotor is levitated by hydraulic forces from the lubricant. While these are lots of studies on this subject, I can't manage to find a paper that coherently breaks ...
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Free Body diagram force question

Here is a semicircular track and the ring of mass $m$ sliding on it. The ring is attached to spring of force constant $k$ and the elongation $x$ at that point.I just wanted to know that just as I ...
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Force conversion in a barrel cam-follower mechanism

A barrel cam-follower mechanism consists of a (cylindrical) barrel with a cam track, a cam-follower (roller) inside of the track, a fork connected to the cam-follower and a guide along which the fork ...
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How to write the moment equation about a rotating as well as translating point?

I want to write the moment equation in Ground frame as well as the frame of reference of the point (which I think should be a rotating frame of reference) for the following situation. $C$ is the ...
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Is it wrong to equate the net force to the force by the spring to find its maximum expansion?

In the picture displayed here , I have two blocks of masses m1 and m2. They are connected by a spring and a leftward force is applied on the block of mass m1.This will , ofcourse , result in expansion ...